Does the flag have to be destroyed if it touches the ground?

Care should be exercised in the handling of the flag, to protect it from becoming soiled or damaged. However, you are not required to destroy the flag if it touches the ground. As long as the flag remains suitable for display, even if washing or dry-cleaning (which is an acceptable practice) is required, the flag may continue to be displayed. So, don’t worry if it accidentally touches the ground, just be careful.



What is considered proper illumination when flying the flag at night?

“Proper illumination” is a light specifically placed to illuminate the flag (preferred) or having a light source sufficient to illuminate the flag so it is recognizable as such by the casual observer (Americanism Commission). You can light your flag by using either a solar flagpole light or electric light. Flagpoles Etc., carries both of these types of lights in different styles.



Flagpole House Mount

Do you want to support our country with displaying the American flag, but a flagpole is just not ideal for you? Try a house mount. House mounted flagpoles allow customers to proudly and securely mount 3 x 5 flags from their homes. The stunning gold finials come standard on the 6’ flagpoles as well as the convenient and easy to use anti tangle swivel flag snaps. All of our flagpoles are proudly made in the USA so you can use your house mounted flagpole with all the confidence of knowing it was made to the highest of quality standards.  #HouseMount #Flagpolehousemount #Flagpolesetc


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How long will a Flag last?

How long will a flag last? There is no exact answer.

How to Care of Your FlagWith such variation in degrees of usage, constantly changing weather patterns, and different climate conditions where displayed, its not easily measured.  The U.S. Government generally expects a nylon or cotton bunting flag to last approximately 90 days, based on daily usage from sunrise to sunset. Tests have shown that in some cases a flag flown 24 hours a day will last only 1/4 as long as one flown during day light hours only.

Unfortunately, flags don’t last forever, after awhile the cloth will sooner or later succumb to the elements it is exposed to. It has been documented that reasonably good care and love for the flag can greatly prolong the life of your flag.

Things that will help prolong life of a flag:

  • Try to avoid flying your flag in the rain or snow.
  • High winds combined with water puts undue strain on the flag.
  • You can prevent mildew by letting your flag dry thoroughly before storing it.
  • The fly end will be the first to reveal wear and tear. When this begins, you may take the flag down trim off the old hem and re-hem your flag. Do this at the first sign of fraying to prevent the material from shredding. Doing so could give you one or possibly two more display times out of the flag.
  • Beware of obstacles from other nearby surfaces. (Such a trees or phone lines) This will cause a weakening of the materials.
  • Use the proper size of flag on your flagpole. A flag that is too large may cause the pole and flag undue stress in high winds.
  • Smog and atmosphere conditions will not only cause discoloration, but weaken the fabric of your flag.
  • Continuous day and night display will shorten the life of your flag.


How to: Fold the American Flag

What type of flag are you looking for? An American flag to keep on your flagpole at all times? Or maybe a sports flag to support your favorite sports team? A country flag? Or do you need a specific flag? We can make you a custom flag! #Howtofoldaflag #flagfold #flagpolesetc

How to fold a flag:

1. To properly fold the Flag, begin by holding it waist-high with another person so that its surface is parallel to the ground.

2. Fold the lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars, holding the bottom and top edges securely.

3. Fold the flag again lengthwise with the blue field on the outside.

4. Make a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open (top) edge of the flag.

5. Turn the outer (end) point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.

6. The triangular folding is continued until the entire length of the flag is folded in this manner.

7. When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be visible.

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Flagpole Lighting

Whether you have a commercial or residential flagpole, we have the largest selection of both electric and solar flagpole lights for you to choose from. They come in all different styles and sizes. It really just depends, what works best for you?  #Flagpolelighting #Flagpolesolarlight #Flagpoleelectriclight #Flagpolesetclighting #Flagpolesetc


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Flagpole Hardware

You can’t have a flagpole without flagpole hardware. You need flagpole hardware to make your flag fly! You also need it to secure your flag and bring it up and down. Whether you need flagpole rope, snaps, trucks, cleats, finials, beaded retainer rings, ground sleeves, flash collars, etc., we have it for you at Flagpoles Etc. Check our hardware page out in our website link below.


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Harry S. Truman

Powerful #Quote: “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the US.

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BudgetAluminum_3.jpgFlagpoles don’t require a lot of attention, and they can be pretty effective structures, especially while flying advertising banners.  However, sometimes it’s best to check them and make sure that everything is in order. It’s much better to regularly clean and maintain your flagpole than it is to replace it. You could even find yourself in a situation where your unattended residential flagpole might cause some damage. Like a leaning flagpole suddenly falling on its side and breaking something.

To clean your flagpole, you can use soap and warm water. Make sure the soap is not too harsh to discourage corrosion. Clean the higher parts of your flagpole by attaching sponge or rag to the halyard, raise, and lower it. Cleaning the flags on the pole will involve lowering them.  Either you want to clean a Military flag or an American flag, there’s no need to dry-clean. You can simply clean it with soap and water.

Maintaining your flagpole will often involve checking it at regular intervals, changing parts, or replacing the pole altogether. You should check the halyard whenever you hoist a new flag.  If you don’t hoist a flag very often, you should set regular intervals to check the halyard.  You may want to consider checking it very often if you experience cold weather because it can often cause the rope to degrade or rot. Any kind of humid weather can stress the rope and cause it to unravel.

If the halyard frays at the edge, attach a piece of tape around it so it can pass smoothly through the truck’s pulley. However, be careful not to use too much tape as this can block the pulley altogether. If the halyard is excessively flayed, you should consider replacing it. It can often be replaced individually.

If your flagpole starts to lean, you should take immediate action. It could be due to a bent shaft or a poorly dug hole. Upon inspection, if you find a bent shaft, you should replace the flagpole, as straightening it might further weaken the shaft. This would lead to a future occurrence. If the hole is poorly dug, remove the pole, and re-dig a deeper hole.

The tallest flagpole in the world

images.jpg1. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (560 feet)
At 560 feet (170 meters) tall, the Jeddah Flagpole in Saudi Arabia is the tallest flagpole in the world. It is located in the middle of King Abdullah Square in Jeddah, the second largest city in Saudi Arabia. The Al-Babtain Power and Telecom and the Abdul L Jameel community-initiative built this flagpole in September 2014 using five hundred tons of steel. Upon its construction, the Jeddah Flagpole outranked the Dushanbe Flagpole in Tajikistan, which was previously the world’s tallest.

2. Dushanbe, Tajikistan (541 feet)
Ever since the construction of the Jeddah Flagpole, the Dushanbe Flagpole in Tajikistan has held the ranking of the world’s second tallest. However, the Dushanbe Flagpole is still nonetheless impressive. It stands 541 feet high and supports a 98 foot by 197 foot flag which weighs a whopping 1,540 pounds. The flagpole is made up of 39.4 foot steel tube sections. The design process of the flagpole began in July of 2009, and the flagpole was officially erected in May, 2011.

3. Baku, Azerbaijan (531 feet)
The third tallest flagpole that the world has ever seen was built in the city square of Baku, Azerbaijan (appropriately called the National Flag Square). The 531 foot flagpole flies a 230 foot by 115 foot flag in the middle of the city square. The 150 acres square features Azerbaijan’s map, anthem and coat of arms. However, in 2017, Baku’s towering flagpole was taken down and public access of the city square ceased. The lack of sturdiness of the flagpole had previously been cited as a possible public safety concern.

4. Kijongdong, North Korea (525 feet)
In the 1980s, South Korea built a 323 foot flagpole which flew a 287 pound flag. North Korea responded by installing an even taller flagpole. Located in Kijongdong, the 525 foot flagpole flies a 595 pound North Korean flag. For more than a decade, it was the world’s tallest. However, it was a title lost in 2010 when other countries began picking up on the trend of supertall flagpoles.

5. Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (436 feet)
The Ashgabat flagpole, which was installed on June 26, 2008, is situated in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The 436 foot flag pole is the 5th tallest in the world. It is one of several Central Asian countries on our list; many of these tall flagpoles were built to commemorate 20 year anniversaries of the split between these countries and the former USSR.

6. Aqaba, Jordan (430 feet)
The flagpole of Aqaba, the only coastal town in Jordan, waves 430 feet in the air. The flag, which was constructed in 2004, was intended to commemorate the Battle of Aqaba of 1917. One interesting fact is that the Aqaba Flagpole can be seen from three countries: Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.

7.Amman, Jordan (416 feet)
The 416 foot Raghadan flagpole is on the Raghadan Palace grounds in Al-Maquar royal compound in Amman, Jordan. King Abdullah II hoisted the country’s official flag measuring 200 feet by 100 feet on June 10, 2003. The flagpole is tall enough to be clearly visible from 12 miles away. In periods of bad weather, the large flag is lowered in order to prevent the unpleasant noise caused by excessive waving.

8. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (400 feet) (Tie)
The flagpole on the Cornice break-waters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates holds the tied position for the world’s 8th tallest flagpole. The 400 foot flagpole was erected on December 22, 2001, to commemorate the country’s 30th national day. The steel flagpole flies a 65.6 foot by 131.2 foot Emirates flag.